The GeeksverseNightwing #1

Nightwing #1
Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Penciled by: Eddy Barrows
Inked by: JP Mayar
Colored by: Rod Reis
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art: Barrows w/ Mayer & Reis
Asst. Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

I’m glad Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing. I’ve always liked the character and I wasn’t a big fan of Dick trying to be Batman. Dick was never meant to be Batman. He’s his own person. He “escaped” Bruce’s shadow and became his own hero. Part of what made Nightwing so good was that he embraced his past but was at peace with leaving it behind.

Higgins recognizes that and plays on it. The first issue is all about trying to escape the past, trying to forge a new future, and having to stand up to the past. There are enough references to Dick’s time as Batman, as well as nods to his relationship with Barbara Gordon, to connect this to the older universe. New readers might be at a loss though as there isn’t much backstory detail given. There’s a mention of his origin, of the trapezee accident, but new readers might not get enough out of it to understand the connection to the circus.

Higgins also understands what makes Dick different from Bruce. And why Dick could never truly be Batman. Dick is a high flyer, always has been. Higgins knows and understands and writes Dick as such.

The story is good. The way it’s set up it’ll help Dick close out a chapter of his past. It does what a first issue should, take the past and use it to shape the future direction of the character. There’s also a nice little mystery set up that looks to be interesting.

Barrow’s art is great for this book. He does great things with the layouts during the action scenes. He really brings Nightwing’s acrobatic abilities to life on the page. He does good with body movement, each series flowing smoothly.

His characters are well done as well. There’s a bit of Greg Land to some of the characters, some of them looking the same, so I wonder if he photoreferences as much as Land does.

Overall his work fits the series alot better then he did Superman.

Nightwing #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

Higgins has a good grasp of the character and is setting up an interesting story.

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